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Prenatal Risk Factors May Put Children at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease

Certain prenatal risk factors are associated with the development of chronic kidney disease in children, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Future studies should investigate whether modifying these factors could help protect children’s kidney health.

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Common Virus May Cause Anemia in Patients with Kidney Disease

• Kidneys from most patients with chronic kidney disease were positive for active cytomegalovirus infection. • Patients with higher levels of anti-cytomegalovirus antibodies in their blood had lower number of red blood cells. • Cytomegalovirus blocks a protein needed to make a hormone that in turn stimulates red blood cell production.

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Drug Provides Health Benefits to Diabetics with Kidney Disease

• Low doses of atrasentan, an endothelin receptor A inhibitor, lowered urinary protein excretion by 36% in patients with diabetes and kidney disease. • Atrasentan also lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels without causing major side effects.

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ASN President Calls for Kidney Disease Innovation in Congressional Testimony

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The President of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) testified before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee that a prize competition could help spur innovation in kidney disease research.

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Walking May Help Protect Kidney Patients Against Heart Disease and Infections

• In kidney disease patients, 30 minutes of walking improved the responsiveness of certain immune cells to a bacterial challenge and induced a systemic anti-inflammatory environment in the body. • Six months of regular walking reduced immune cell activation and markers of systemic inflammation.

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Poor Quality of Life May Contribute to Kidney Disease Patients’ Health Problems

In African American patients with chronic kidney disease, poor quality of life was linked with increased risks of disease progression and heart problems

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Medicaid Expansion May Help Prevent Kidney Failure and Improve Access to Kidney-Related Care

• States with broader Medicaid coverage among low-income nonelderly adults had lower incidences of kidney failure from 2001 through 2008. • Low-income nonelderly kidney failure patients with Medicaid had better access to care in states with broader Medicaid coverage.

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Body’s Fatty Folds May Help Fight Kidney Failure

• In rats with kidney disease, functioning of the kidney improved when the organ was fused with the omentum, a fatty fold of tissue that lies close to the kidney and is a rich source of stem cells. • Stem cells from a chronic kidney disease patient’s own omentum may help heal diseased kidneys without the need for an outside source of cells.

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